Even though she’s still just 19 years old, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu already has an outstanding tennis career that includes the 2019 US Open title, two big WTA titles won that same year (the BNP Paribas Open and the Rogers Cup) and a career-high ranking of No.4. I’ve come across a number of her childhood photos that I’d like to share with you as part of my Little Tennis Stars series.
For the occasion of her mother Maria’s birthday, Bianca took to Instagram to show us an old photo of them together and commented:
Your unmistakable style & sheer happiness mixed with an IDGAF attitude is inspiring. If I end up half the woman you are, then I have won at life (seems as though baby Bi has already got it figured out).
Bianca’s secret to her mental strength are mediation and visualization techniques in her daily routine, to which she was introduced by her mother as a young adolescent:
I really think that working your mind (is important) because at this level everyone knows how to play tennis. The thing that separates the best from the rest is just the mindset.
Before settling on tennis, Bianca tried all sports possible, including soccer, skating, swimming, and gymnastics.
In one interview, Bianca’s mother described what her daughter was like as a child:
She was so active when little, we were considering putting a helmet on her to protect her head as she had no fear.
Bianca was born in Mississauga, Ontario, but moved to her parents’ native country of Romania as a child, where she started playing tennis, in the city of Pitesti, at the age of seven. Her first coach was Gabriel Hristache, a friend of her father, with whom she worked for two and a half years. Then she returned to Canada, where she trained at the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga before joining Tennis Canada’s U14 National Training Centre at Rexall Centre in Toronto.
Bianca was the first player to win the US Open in her main-draw debut and the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era. Moreover, during 2019 she boasted a 8-0 unbeaten streak against Top 10 players which was ended by Naomi Osaka at the 2019 China Open.